Have you got the academic qualifications?

1. GCSEs

  • GCSE English Language Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)
  • If you want to teach primary age children, GCSE science Grade 4 / C or above (or equivalent)

You need to have obtained GCSE English before you apply for all our programmes. For our Secondary courses we will accept a pending Mathematics result as long you achieve the required grade before the start of the course. For our Primary courses we will accept a pending Science result as long as you achieve the required grade before the start of the course.

(Please note that Level 2 Adult Numeracy and Literacy are not accepted as equivalents)

Do you still need to obtain GSCEs?

If so contact your local college or complete a distance learning course such as those offered by Oxford Open Learning

2. Degree

A UK first degree (or equivalent)

  • Primary SCITT and Primary School Direct courses:
    • Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or  equiv. 360 CAT points)
  • Secondary SCITT and Secondary School Direct courses:
    • First degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv.  360 CAT points). Usually at least 50% should be in the subject you wish to teach

If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, you can visit the National Academic Register Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees. Please note that the onus is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this.

Do you still need to obtain your degree?

Excellent subject knowledge is an important element of being a qualified teacher therefore:

  • We expect that applicants to Secondary SCITT or Secondary School Direct courses usually have at least 50% of their degree in the subject they wish to teach
  • If you wish to teach primary age children and have yet to start your degree, whilst a specialist subject is not required, consider taking one in Education, Early Childhood Studies, or a National Curriculum core subject – English, Mathematics or Science

We also expect good and accurate use of spoken and written English.

3. Professional Skills Tests

If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them before the start of the course.

In February 2018, changes to the arrangements for the skills tests were announced.

  • Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. 
  • The 2-year lockout period will be removed; candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
  • All candidates will be able to book 3 tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.

Applicants are advised to use the online guidance and practice resources first before sitting the tests and may also like to attend our skills test preparation sessions prior to sitting.  We strongly advise applicants to contact Suffolk and Norfolk ITT if they are struggling to pass the tests for the third time to seek support and training first.

You can take your skills tests once you have evidence of having submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training (for AO programmes, please refer to us directly). You can book your tests in advance of this, as long as an application is submitted before you attend the test centre. You can book your literacy and numeracy test attempts through learndirect, the Department for Education’s delivery partner. The first 3 attempts are free of charge. You can take the tests at learndirect test centres across the country.

If you require access arrangements, please refer to the access arrangements page to find out what may be available to you. If you require specific access arrangements that are not mentioned, please contact the learndirect helpline to check availability.

You must provide 2 forms of identification (ID) and evidence of your ITT application. You will not be allowed to take a test without them, so please allow enough time for ID checks to take place before your test.

4. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service has taken the place of the CRB check and it is a condition of all ITT courses that trainees must have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check before commencing training.  In the case of School Direct Salaried, the employing school will arrange this with trainees.  For those on student based courses, arrangements for completing DBS check applications will be explained as part of the selection and induction process.

5. Before you Apply

You may find it helpful to gain school experience in order to prepare for your application and/or interview to one of our programmes. Please note that any experience of working with children in a voluntary context or in any out of school activities eg sports coaching or clubs etc can also be very valuable.

To prepare for writing your personal statement you may wish to read some articles from the Times Educational Supplement https://www.tes.com/news/school-news so you can gain an understanding of some the current issues in education at the moment. Another place to look at reasons to become a teacher and the impact you can have as a teacher is  to browse the Chartered College of Teaching website https://chartered.college/. The Department of Education's website https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/ will also provide you with more information and guidance about how to write an application and you can also find more information about the different phases eg primary or secondary that are of interest to you.